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Learning, Community and Engagement

HWS Faculty invited to participate in service-learning workshop

“There’s a long tradition of service-learning at Hobart and William Smith, but it never hurts to have a refresher course,” says Interim Associate Provost Margueritte Murphy.

The Provost’s office, in collaboration with the Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning, have invited internationally acclaimed service-learning expert Edward Zlotkowski to lead a two-day workshop focused on integrating service-learning components successfully into the classroom.

The two-day faculty workshop, which will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, and Thursday, May 21,  will outline service-learning’s potential as an academically-legitimate, intellectually-rigorous approach to teaching as well as explore ways to best adapt the pedagogical concepts to meet the needs of different disciplinary areas and community partners.

“Service-learning is a very effective tool for learning because it engages the students concretely and profoundly with the course material,” says Murphy. “But it’s also important because it strengthens the bridge between the Colleges and the Geneva community, which is beneficial for both the students and the community.”

During the Wednesday afternoon sessions, participants will have an opportunity to work in concert with several local community partners and discuss how the best service-learning components are designed, structured and implemented so that all parties benefit.

Following that discussion, faculty participants will have an opportunity to conceptualize and design a new service-learning component or dimension that they can build into a course in the future.

Zlotkowski, who founded The Service-Learning Center at Bentley University in 1990, is an internationally renowned expert in the field of service-learning and engagement-related topics.

He has served as general editor of the American Association for Higher Education’s 21-volume series on service-learning in the academic disciplines and as editor of a several books, including Successful Service-Learning Programs, 1998; Service-Learning and the First-Year Experience, 2002; and Students as Colleagues: Expanding the Circle of Service-Learning Leadership, 2006.  His most recent collection of essays will be published in 2010 by Temple University Press.

Currently a senior associate at the New England Resource Center for Higher Education and professor of English at Bentley University, Zlotkowski received his B.A. in English and his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Yale University.

To R.S.V.P. for the two-day Learning, Community and Engagement Workshop, contact Interim Associate Provost Margueritte Murphy at  mmurphy@hws.edu or ext. 3818.